Chechnya complaint taken to International Criminal Court
Three French human rights groups have lodged a complaint against Russia at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, following reports of a crackdown on gay men. Any investigation would have only until November, when Russia will withdraw from the ICC’s jurisdiction.
Singapore Pink Dot must ban foreigners
New laws in Singapore mean that Pink Dot, the city-state’s LGBT pride event, must ban anyone not a citizen or permanent resident. Non-citizens, which includes nearly 30 percent of Singapore’s population, are not allowed to protest publicly.
Cuban activist banned from meeting
While President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela led a gay rights march through Havana, a gay activist says he was detained and barred from meeting with US counterparts. He also says his partner was harassed by police and threatened for taking photographs.
UK Churches divided over marriage
Some steps towards consecrated same-sex marriage within the Church of Scotland are expected at an upcoming general assembly, but traditionalists are still blocking progress. Meanwhile, insiders in the Church of England warn that the debate over same-sex relationships could tear the church apart.
Football chairman: Players won’t come out
The chairman of the Football Association, the governing body for soccer in England, says he has spent months unsuccessfully trying to get a gay player to meet with him to discuss coming out. The Premier League says it is struggling to fight homophobia, but none of its players has come out as gay in 27 years.